Teacher Shortage Crisis Provides Career Opportunities

Help to meet the need for qualified teachers by earning your credential through Biola’s Teacher Preparation Program.

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Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    30-42 credits
    • Accreditation

      WSCUC, CCTC, ACSI

    Credentials

    • Multiple Subject Credential
    • Single Subject Credential
    • Special Education Credential

    Admissions Requirements

    Students are invited to formally apply to the credential program during LEDU301 Introduction to Teaching, which should be taken during the sophomore year. Once accepted into Biola's Teacher Preparation Program, students take courses in sequence.

    Students planning to take LEDU 301 must apply for a Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This background clearance requires fingerprinting and must be completed prior to any fieldwork in local school districts. Additionally, students must provide documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance from their medical provider.

    Candidates for the Teacher Preparation Program must also have a 2.75 cumulative GPA


    The School of Education's Teacher Preparation program at Biola is designed to be taken with any major. Whether your desire is to teach in an elementary school and earn a Preliminary Multiple Subject credential, teach in a middle or high school and earn a Preliminary Single Subject credential, or teach children with special needs and earn a Preliminary Special Education credential, Biola's Teacher Preparation program will prepare you well for a future as an educator.


    Why Choose Education at Biola?

    Biola University allows students to start their teacher preparation program in their sophomore year, and complete their 12-credit student teaching requirement in one semester as a graduate student. Benefits of our program include:

    • Dual accreditation from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
    • Authorization to teach English language learners within your content area.
    • Full-time faculty made up of outstanding professionals, researchers, passionate believers, and excellent K–12 classroom teachers.
    • Faculty and staff who care about your personal, professional and spiritual life and are available for personal mentoring.
    • Biblical integration across the curriculum.

    What Will I Study?

    Students in the teacher preparation program receive the training and education needed to be effective classroom teachers and qualify for preliminary teaching credentials. Course highlights and topics include:

    • Foundations of education
    • Methods of teaching linguistically diverse students
    • Approaches and techniques to teaching reading
    • Fieldwork experiences
    • Student teaching
    • Teaching Performance Assessments (TPAs)
    • Fulfillment of additional state requirements and exams

    Career Paths

    The multiple subject teaching credential authorizes educators to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom. Individuals with this credential are usually offered employment in an elementary classroom setting and some middle schools. The liberal studies, elementary education major is the recommended major for a multiple subject teaching credential. However, students from any major may earn this credential by adding the teacher preparation program to their major.

    The single subject teaching credential authorizes educators to teach a specific subject, such as English, math, music or physical education. Individuals with this credential are qualified to teach their specific subjects in preschool through adult settings, but most teach in junior high, middle school or high school. Single subject credential students are required to demonstrate subject matter competency in the subject area they desire to teach. Therefore, students who wish to teach at the secondary level should choose a major in their selected subject area — the teacher preparation coursework can be taken in conjunction with the major requirements.

    The special education credential authorizes educators to teach and support students who have mild/moderate disabilities in a variety of educational settings. Individuals with this credential are usually offered employment in an elementary classroom setting. Biola's Special Education Credential (Mild / Moderate) at the graduate level is a non-degree program unless pursued simultaneously with the M.A. in Teaching program. Candidates may apply to add the M.A.Ed. or M.S. in Special Education, after completing the special education credential.


    Courses

    Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements, see the course catalog.

    Teacher Preparation Courses

    This course examines the structure and function of the school, foundations of education, qualities required for teacher effectiveness, and contemporary issues in education. Successful completion of this course constitutes one of the requirements for admission to the Teacher Preparation Program. CBEST must be taken or basic skills requirement met during this course for acceptance to a credential program. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 25-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Special approval required. Must submit Certificate of Clearance forms and valid negative TB test results. Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
    Application of psychological principles to the education process, role of the teacher and learner, human growth and development, learning styles, motivation, memory, transfer of learning, measurement and evaluation, research and experimentation in learning theory. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application and acceptance to the School of Education. Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. This course is designed to fulfill the University's writing competency requirement for credential students. Grade Mode: A.
    Survey of the theories, programs, and instructional practices for English language development, including first and second language acquisition and individual factors affecting language acquisition. Strategies for the application of theory to classroom practice and instruction in content area literacy are emphasized. Principles of educational equity, diversity, and cultural and linguistic responsiveness are examined. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 10-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #1. Grade Mode: A.
    Methods and materials for teaching reading to students in elementary schools; attention to a variety of approaches and techniques; consideration of the needs of pupils with varied cultural and language backgrounds. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 35-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #2. Grade Mode: A.
    Methods and materials for teaching reading through content areas in secondary schools; attention to reading techniques, testing, and individualization. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 35-hour fieldwork practicum component is required. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #2. Grade Mode: A.
    Introduction to the scope and sequence of the elementary school curriculum in mathematics, science, social studies and language arts; emphasis on a variety of teaching approaches, integration across content area, assessment, classroom management and resources. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #3. Grade Mode: A.
    A 60-hour fieldwork requirement to support the practical application of LEDU 431 Elementary Curriculum content. Candidates will design and teach several classroom lessons in local elementary schools. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.
    Secondary school curriculum, assessment, classroom management and teaching methods as they apply to the content areas in secondary school settings. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. CalTPA #3. Grade Mode: A.
    A 60-hour fieldwork requirement to support the practical application of LEDU 436 Secondary Curriculum content. Candidates will design and teach several classroom lessons in local secondary schools. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.

    Student Teaching I and II

    Full-time laboratory experience in school classrooms under the direction of qualified supervising master teachers and University supervisors. University seminar required. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application. Must pass course with a grade of "B-" or higher. CalTPA #4. Candidates doing student teaching are limited to a maximum of 15 credits that semester with approval. Must register for LEDU 442 if completing student teaching in one semester. (See also SEED 512/513). Grade Mode: A.
    See LEDU 440. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application. Must pass course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
    Full-time laboratory experience in school classrooms under the direction of qualified supervising master teachers and University supervisors. University seminar required. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application. Must pass course with a grade of "B-" or higher. CalTPA #4. Candidates doing student teaching are limited to a maximum of 15 credits that semester with approval. Must register for LEDU 452 if completing student teaching in one semester. (See also SEED 514/515). Grade Mode: A.
    See LEDU 450. Notes: Special approval required. Restricted to formal application. Must pass course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.

    Elementary Candidate Pedagogy Courses and Constitution Requirements

    Developing and preparing art assignments suitable for elementary school pupils. Grade Mode: A.
    A survey of U.S. History from the time of European settlement, to the colonial period, to independence from Britain, the formation of the republic and the constitution, the issues of the early 1800s, and the Civil War. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum US History credit. Meets the United States Constitution requirements for California teacher certification. Grade Mode: A.
    During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Multiple Subject education candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for helping grades K–6 students learn the state-adopted academic content standards for Math and Science. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
    During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Multiple Subject candidates learn content-specific teaching strategies that are effective in achieving the goals of the acceptance of personal responsibility for lifelong health; respect for and promotion of the health of others; understanding of the process of growth and development; and informed use of health-related information, products, and services. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
    During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Multiple Subject education candidates learn, understand and use content-specific teaching strategies for helping grades K–6 students learn the state-adopted academic content standards for History-Social Science. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
    This course is designed to provide an understanding of the historical perspectives on children's literature through picture books and young adult novels reflecting different genres. Literature representative of a variety of cultures and ethnic groups will be analyzed and discussed in order to strengthen cross-cultural understanding. Emphasis will be upon developing responses to literature through art, drama, and writing in order to strengthen children's literacy development in the elementary classroom. Notes: Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
    Instruction in materials for teaching music in the elementary school. Notes: Non-music majors. Grade Mode: A.
    Understanding, planning programs and implementing a range of fundamental movement and fitness activities designed for the elementary child: preparation for the upper-division methods course. Grade Mode: A.
    The history, organization and function of the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the American government. Includes one hour per week involving students in a local government civic service or life experience activity. Satisfies the state requirement in institutions in American history. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum US History credit. Meets the requirement for United States Constitution for California teacher certification. Grade Mode: A.

    Secondary Candidate Pedagogy Course and Constitution Requirements

    LEDU 433 must be passed with a grade of "B-" or higher.

    A survey of U.S. History from the time of European settlement, to the colonial period, to independence from Britain, the formation of the republic and the constitution, the issues of the early 1800s, and the Civil War. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum US History credit. Meets the United States Constitution requirements for California teacher certification. Grade Mode: A.
    During interrelated activities in program coursework and fieldwork, Single Subject candidates relate the Common Core and the state-adopted K–12 academic content standards for candidates in their specific subject area to major concepts and principles in their discipline, including planning, organizing, and implementing effective instruction (Grades 7–12).
    The history, organization and function of the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the American government. Includes one hour per week involving students in a local government civic service or life experience activity. Satisfies the state requirement in institutions in American history. Notes: Approved for Core Curriculum US History credit. Meets the requirement for United States Constitution for California teacher certification. Grade Mode: A.

    Student Teaching In Special Education I and II

    The purpose of this course is to prepare Education Specialist candidates to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities in a variety of educational settings. Upon successful completion of this course, candidates will be prepared to teach students in K–12th grade with mild/moderate disabilities. Notes: Special approval required. Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Restricted to formal application and approval. Must register for SEED 585 if completing student teaching in one semester. Grade Mode: A.
    The purpose of this course is to prepare Education Specialist candidates to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities in a variety of educational settings. Upon successful completion of this course, candidates will be prepared to teach students in K–12th grade with mild/moderate disabilities. Notes: Special approval required. Credential candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. CalTPA #4. Restricted to formal application and approval. Must register for SEED 584 if completing student teaching in one semester. Grade Mode: A.

    Special Education Courses

    The purpose of this course is to prepare Education Specialist candidates to integrate theory and practice related to selecting, administering, and interpreting diagnostic tools and techniques for assessing severe and/or multiple difficulties in reading, and applying diagnostic-prescriptive principles to design the most developmentally appropriate remedial plans for these students. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 20-hour field practicum component is required. Notes: Education Specialist Credential and Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.
    A basic introduction to the history and educational philosophy of special education. Study of mild/moderate disabilities (specific learning disabilities, cognitive impairments, and emotional and behavioral disturbances). Examination of legal issues and laws pertaining to special education, giving attention to school compliance and student and parent rights. Notes: Education Specialist Credential and Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Grade Mode: A.
    Introduction to the types and uses of assessments to identify the strengths and needs of exceptional learners and evaluate results to develop meaningful educational practice. Provides knowledge and skills necessary for selecting, administering, interpreting and reporting results of tests related to cognitive, affective, psychomotor and social development. Emphasis is given to translating assessment data into making informed educational decisions. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 10-hour field practicum component is required. Notes: Education Specialist Credential and Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.
    Provides teacher candidates with knowledge of learning disabilities including definitions, causes, and characteristics of learning disabilities in children. Provides students' teachers the knowledge and skills to make accommodations and modifications (including adaptations with technology) for individuals with mild to moderate disabilities. Particular emphasis is given to working on Student Study Teams to design instruction to meet the individual needs of underperforming students, to making referrals with appropriate documentation, and to writing Individual Education Plans for students with identified learning disabilities. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 10-hour field practicum component is required. Notes: Education Specialist Credential and Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.
    Focus on principles and procedures for modifying behavior in the classroom with emphasis given to the identification of factors that contribute to behavioral problems, systematic data collection, objective reporting, and implementation of various methods of reinforcement. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 10-hour field practicum component is required. Notes: Education Specialist Credential and Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.
    This course offers an overview of student characteristics, theory and teaching applications for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Major theories, teaching approaches, trends, etiological and diagnostic issues, classroom structure and environmental arrangements, research-based instructional strategies, and family involvement will be discussed. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 10-hour field practicum component is required. Notes: Education Specialist Credential and Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.
    The purpose of this course is to prepare Education Specialist candidates to successfully consult, collaborate, and communicate with other professionals, families and school systems to effectively educate and support students with high incidence disabilities. Seminar sessions are designed to present a forum in which professionals evaluate on-going program management and service delivery programs, new research findings, and emerging legal and ethical issues as they relate to working with individuals with high incidence disabilities. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 10-hour field practicum component is required. Notes: Education Specialist Credential and Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.
    This special education methods course is designed to present research-based best practices for the instruction of diverse students with mild/moderate disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on instructional planning that permits differentiating for the student's IEP goals and objectives within the appropriate age and grade level related to the general curriculum. Lecture/Lab Hours: A 40-hour field practicum component is required, 10 hours for teachers under contract. Notes: Special approval required. Education Specialist Credential (Mild/Moderate) and Certificate candidates must pass this course with a grade of "B-" or higher. Valid Certificate of Clearance and negative TB test results required for fieldwork. Grade Mode: A.